Like millions of other heartburn sufferers out there, you might have relied on Zantac – or its generic equivalents sold as “Ranitidine” under drug store brands like Walmart’s Equate brand or CVS’s Health Store – get through the day. Now that research has linked the drug to a variety of cancers, the government has ordered it pulled from the shelves and former users diagnosed with cancer after using Zantac are left trying to pick up the pieces.
Studies link cancer to Zantac because of the reported contamination of the drug by a chemical called N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). Agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) consider NDMA a “probable human carcinogen.” Usually, NDMA is found at low, harmless levels in drugs. However, NDMA was found in Zantac and its generic equivalents at levels beyond what is considered safe.
Based on this research, the FDA recently announced a Zantac recall along with all other medications using its active ingredient, Ranitidine.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), NDMA has been linked to a variety of diseases, including severe liver disease, liver cancer, and lung cancer. Millions of people used Zantac for years not knowing about the risks they were exposing themselves to, and some users are now suffering from cancer that may have been caused by the drug.
Zantac’s manufacturer, Sanofi, and other manufacturers of Ranitidine medications like Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Glenmark, and Northwind, had a responsibility to ensure that their customers would not suffer injury from using their product, and they have failed to meet that responsibility.
Users who have been diagnosed with cancer after using Zantac deserve compensation, and we want to help them get it. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer after using Zantac, contact Zantac Lawyer Timothy L. Miles today for a free consultation. You may be eligible for compensation.
A Growing Danger
The investigation into NDMA contamination of Ranitidine began in 2019. After Valisure, an independent lab, found some evidence of contamination, the FDA and the sellers of Zantac announced a voluntary Zantac recall. Zantac was taken off shelves in many places, and people were advised to stop using it until further notice.
But as the evidence mounted, the FDA was forced to issue a full Zantac recall in April 2020. Researchers observed that as stock of Ranitidine sat in storage, the NDMA contamination increased. The longer it sat, and the hotter the temperature they were stored in, the worse the contamination got.
The list of illnesses potentially associated with the consumption of NDMA-contaminated products includes: Bladder; Breast; Colorectal/intestinal; Esophageal Gastric; Kidney; Liver; Lung; Pancreatic; Prostate. At this time, we don’t know how long this dangerous chemical has been contaminating a product that millions of people used every day to treat their heartburn symptoms. Nor do we know how many people have suffered severe health problems as a result.
History of Voluntary Zantac Recall
The FDA mandatory Zantac recall of Zantac is only the final step in a process that began in September 2019 with the voluntary Zantac recall by Sandoz Inc. and the Apotex Corporation of their Ranitidine products. Between then and the mandatory recall in April 2020, at least 16 brands voluntarily removed their Zantac/Ranitidine products from the shelves, including:
Sandoz Inc - Ranitidine Hydrochloride Capsules
Call a Zantac Lawyer to Hold them Accountable
Zantac’s manufacturers did not do enough to keep their customers safe, and they need to be held accountable for their negligence and the damage they have caused. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer after using Zantac, justice and compensation could be within reach. Contact a Zantac lawyer today for a free consultation. You don’t pay anything unless we win your case. Contact us today and see what a Zantac lawyer can do for you.
Timothy L. Miles, Esq.
Timothy L. Miles is a nationally recognized shareholder rights attorney raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Miles was recentely selected by Martindale-Hubbell® and ALM as a 2022 Top Ranked Lawyer, 2022 Top Rated Litigator. and a 2022 Elite Lawyer of the South. Mr. Miles also maintains the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, their highest rating for both legal ability and ethics. Mr. Miles is a member of the prestigious Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers: The National Trial Lawyers Association, a superb rated attorney by Avvo, a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by Premier Lawyers of America (2019) and recognized as a Distinguished Lawyer, Recognizing Excellence in Securities Law, by Lawyers of Distinction (2019). Mr. Miles has published over sixty articles on various issues of the law, including class actions, whistleblower cases, products liability, and more.
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